Boys And Girls Local Edition

Alabama Shakes

Boys And Girls Local Edition
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Boys And Girls Local Edition

Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes are fronted by 22 year old vocalist/guitarist Brittany Howard. They started playing together in high school, in Athens, Alabama, a part of the world with a long heritage for making the most soulful rock music.

The band’s debut album Boys & Girls was recorded at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, USA. Produced and mixed by the band members, the album is a vibrant fusion of swampy dirty south-rock, blues and soul delivered with punk rock fervour. In the last yeat the band have sold out shows across America and the U.K, they recently completed the NME awrds tour. They are feted by Adele, Bon Iver, Robert Plant, Jack White, David Byrne, Alex Turner and… er, Jamie Oliver and Russell Crowe.

Jack White’s Third Man Records has selected Alabama Shakes to kick off its series of live 45 releases. They made their first televison appearance on The Conan O’Brian show which saw them play in front of miilons of viewers, kicking off the global phenomena.

  1. Hold On
  2. I Found You
  3. Hang Loose
  4. Rise To The Sun
  5. You Ain’t Alone
  6. Goin' To The Party
  7. Heartbreaker
  8. Boys & Girls
  9. Be Mine
  10. I Ain’t The Same
  11. On Your Way

Review

Formed in Athens in 2009, the Alabama Shakes deliver an album full of punchy blues-rock and southern soul. Often compared to the Black Keys and Drive By Truckers, on first listen it’s not hard to disagree. This band is a blunderbuss of torrential, unsophisticated R&B. The vocals belong to Brittany Howard and whether she sighs, moans, hollers or screams, the result is an in-your-face assault that leaves you wanting more. Much is expected and rightfully so. This album is a beauty and songs like ‘You Ain’t Alone’ are the tease that says more please!

Lou Fulco is from Readings Hawthorn

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